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VM choice: Dover Street Market and Molly Goddard

Dover Street Market has handed over its windows to London fashion designer Molly Goddard, whose Fall/Winter 15 collection of slightly childlike, ruffled organza dresses are set in an art-school classroom, complete with paints brushes, easels, and canvases.

Goddard is a recent graduate from Central St Martins. Her signature awkwardness, combining slightly odd fabrics and garment shapes in hand-made dresses, is conveyed in the apparent artist’s studio, with its mix of messy brushes, cardboard paint palettes, and paint-fingerprinted chairs. The tin cans reused as water or turpentine containers are a compelling touch too. Any fine art or design graduate would recognize the installation as typical of an art-college fine art department.

The inclusion of bubble wrap and a lump of plaster alludes to sculptural output as well as painting in this unknown artist’s studio. The paint bushes are not new; the pencils not just purchased from an arts materials store: the impression conveyed is that an artist has just stepped away from the window.

This last item is particularly compelling as many artists employ repurposed furniture as a stand for painting materials and which, of course, become paint-splattered over time. The choice of a rather feminine dressing table is not accidental: it neatly conveys the girlie, dressing-up element in Goddard’s F/W collection.